Monthly Archives: November 2015

Raising awareness for Tiger

This is a slightly more humorous project which I have worked on in recent times. It is in fact so cheesy that I decided against showing it all off for a while.

With my recent mission to send off submissions to publishers, I came up with a couple of poster campaigns which didn’t make the final cut alongside the images and cover letter.

Considering what can be found displayed in public places, the first things that came to mind were “Missing” posters and “Wanted” posters, as seen in western movies. So, with a bit of Photoshop magic and a cute choice of words, I came up with the following…

It was fun to play with graphic effects and typography, having left it behind with a Graphic Design HND course many years ago in order to concentrate on an Illustration degree, it was interesting to consider fun ways of using graphic effects to gain attention.

Having now introduced this imagery to the public, I hope you like it and that it is quirky enough to capture your attention and heart for all the right reasons.

Remember, if you see this cat and you like him, get in touch.

Best wishes

Rachel

 

 

Let’s go crazy!

Okay, so I have completely exhausted my list of contacts regarding children’s book publishers, I have received emails of both a positive and negative nature, and for other responses I shall continue to wait, but all of a sudden, when I return home from work at night. I am left with the ultimate of dilemmas, a complete lack of a goal.

I always told myself that I would compile some illustration of the best standard and then send it off once I felt comfortable with the quality at hand. It took many months of weighing up what looked good and what lacked professionalism, it took a lot of research to find out who to contact and how to address the very important folk who would be judging my work, but finally, I reached that point.

So with the work done, I promised myself a break with which to enjoy my other hobbies, and there are plenty, such as crochet, cross stitch and writing amongst other things, but there is already that overwhelming pull towards getting more done and I believe that the time will come sooner than anticipated for me to put pen to paper and continue to combat illustration above all else.

An illustrator’s work is never done and to gain that bit of extra motivation and inspiration to keep my work fresh, I am currently enjoying a bit of messy time with Keri Smith’s “Wreck this Journal” and “Mess” where I am thoroughly enjoying rubbing make up all over the pages amongst other crazy but fun ideas of hers. I also treated myself to the “Things to draw” and “Things to write” books from Waterstones, way back during the January sales, so I am surrounding myself with things that really just allow me to go that bit crazy. I am making a lot of mess, but I am introducing myself to the maddest of new techniques and I am having a lot of fun in┬ádoing so.

So if you ever suffer from Illustrators’ block (our equivalent to writers’ block) then just go crazy!